Three staff of banned radical Islamist occasion Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) had been killed and scores injured in a contemporary operation launched by Pakistani safety forces right here on Sunday in opposition to the outfit that carried out violent protests to power the federal government to expel the French ambassador over a blasphemous caricature revealed in France final yr.
Rangers and police on Sunday morning launched the operation at the TLP headquarters (Chowk Yateem Khana) Lahore to take away hundreds of staff camped there, blocking the primary Multan Road.
During the operation, three TLP activists had been killed and dozens injured. A senior police officer is amongst a number of regulation enforcers suffered accidents, a senior police officer instructed PTI.
“As the number of TLP supporters was in thousands the Rangers and police could not manage to disperse them in a three-hour operation,” he mentioned, including that the regulation enforcers ended the operation fearing lack of extra lives.
During the operation, the protesters additionally held a senior police officer, Omar Farooq Baloch, hostage and tortured him, he mentioned.
In a video message launched by the TLP, Baloch, who had head damage, urged the Imran Khan authorities to not kill fellow Muslims and abide by the settlement his authorities signed with the TLP over expulsion of the French ambassador.
Police have did not get well Baloch from the TLP’s custody to this point regardless of having negotiations with it.
Punjab police spokesperson Rana Arif additionally confirmed dying of three individuals throughout the regulation enforcement companies’s operation. He mentioned a dozen or so police officers had been “brutally tortured” by the TLP staff.
“Today within the early morning, miscreants (TLP staff) attacked Nawankot Police Station (which is near TLP headquarters) the place Rangers and law enforcement officials had been trapped contained in the police station and Deputy Superintendent Police (Omar Farooq Baloch) was kidnapped and brought to the TLP Markaz (headquarters),” the Punjab police said in a statement issued here on Sunday afternoon.
“One oil tanker with 50,000 litres of petrol has been taken by the miscreants to the Markaz. The miscreants were armed and attacked Rangers and police with petrol bombs. Police and Rangers pushed them back and took back the possession of the police station. Police did not plan or conduct any operation against the mosque or seminary,” the statement said.
In a video message, a TLP spokesperson Shafiq Ameeni said: “Police attacked us at Lahore Markaz on Sunday morning in which a large number of our workers have been martyred while many are injured. We will bury our dead till the French ambassador is expelled and our agreement with the government is implemented.”
The authorities on Friday had introduced completion of the operation in opposition to TLP within the nation which had begun Monday final. After completion of the operation, Prime Minister Imran Khan had mentioned 4 policemen had been killed and over 600 injured within the four-day violent clashes between the regulation enforcers and TLP staff throughout the nation.
“I want to pay special tribute to our police force for their heroic stand against organised violence intended to create chaos to blackmail government. Four policemen were martyred and over 600 injured. Our nation is indebted to these heroes and we will look after the families of the martyrs,” Khan had mentioned in a tweet on Friday.
The Pakistan authorities had blocked the entry to social media platforms — Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and Instagram — from 11am to 3pm on Friday in reference to the regulation enforcement companies’ operation in opposition to the TLP protesters who refused to vacate some important roads and highways in Lahore and different elements of the Punjab province.
The mobile and web service has been suspended in some elements of Lahore together with the world housing the TLP headquarters until Sunday.
The authorities this week banned the TLP. A notification declaring TLP as a proscribed organisation was issued by the Ministry of Interior shortly after the federal Cabinet accredited a abstract to ban the occasion.
The authorities has additionally imposed a ban on the media protection of TLP and any police motion in opposition to it. In compliance with this, not one of the broadcast media within the nation reported police motion in opposition to the TLP in Lahore on Sunday.
The TLP staff had blocked all main roads and highways within the nation principally in Punjab on Monday final after the Imran Khan authorities arrested it is chief Allama Saad Rizvi.
The TLP had given the federal government April 20 deadline to expel the French ambassador over a blasphemous caricature revealed in France final yr.
Punjab police spokesperson Rana Arif mentioned greater than 3,200 staff and leaders or TLP have been arrested in Punjab since clashes broke between Islamists and regulation enforcers.
He mentioned all 4 policemen killed throughout clashes belong to Punjab police. TLP claims that over a dozen of its activists have been killed in clashes and tons of of them injured.
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